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In the Chair with Laurent Dufourg

Posted: March 5, 2008

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GCI: What inspired you to found your professional salons?

Laurent Dufourg: To create my own team and use the salon as a creative test lab—also learning from my team every day. The new creative director has so much to teach me; he is the new generation and embodies the philosophy and brand creativity. It is such an inspiration.

GCI: What have been the milestones thus far in your career?

Laurent Dufourg: The week I had Gwyneth Paltrow and Sharon Stone come to me both in the same week for a short hair cut; [it was] a drastic change in their looks and a drastic change in my career. It put me on the map, so to speak.

GCI: What are some of the challenges you have overcome professionally?

Laurent Dufourg: I would have to say product development—from the time we have an idea for a product until shelf time—is really time-consuming. Finding the purest ingredients the right formula, the perfect herb and blend... I am a bit of a control freak, because I’ll be using these products 24/7 on shoots, red carpet event, fashion shows and [on] clients, so it needs to deliver and be easy to use, smell delicious and look good.